Naas’ Moat Theatre to stage Hugh Leonard play

THE Moat Club, Naas, is preparing to stage Hugh Leonard’s “A Life”.

THE Moat Club, Naas, is preparing to stage Hugh Leonard’s “A Life”.

It will be directed by Pat Callaghan who is a familiar face on the stage of the Moat Theatre, but he occasionally takes a behind-the-scenes role and on this occasion will direct the club’s third production of the year.

First performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1979, the life in focus is that of acerbic civil servant Desmond Drumm, one of Leonard’s most astutely drawn characters.

With six months to live, Drumm looks back over his life, particularly his courtship of Mary, who eventually married his friend Lar forty years earlier. A cast of eight plays four characters, four in their youth, four as adults in their sixties.

The action shifts smoothly back and forth between the periods, with scenes from Drumm’s memory and contemporary sequences allowing the past and the present to illuminate each other.

“A Life” draws on Leonard’s own life. In a career that spanned 50 years, Leonard wrote more than 18 plays, two volumes of essays and two autobiographies, one novel and numerous screenplays and teleplays, as well as writing a regular newspaper column.

A Life stars Padraig Broe as Drumm, Ann Hurley his wife Dorothy. Pat Breslin plays Lar and Moll Fullam is Mary. Johnny Mooney, Aoife Breslin, Dermot Campbell and Lisa Moorhead play the characters in their youth.

It runs from Tuesday June 12 to Saturday June 16 at 8pm nightly.

Tickets from the Moat Club Box Office on 045 883030 or www.moattheatre.com.